CNIB Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarships and Bursaries

July 03, 2024

CNIB post-secondary scholarships help support people who are blind, Deafblind, or have low vision in their educational journeys. From youth entering apprenticeships or skilled trades to adults enrolling in continuing education or certificate programs – and everyone in between – there are multiple scholarships, bursaries, and other educational awards available.

How to Apply

To be considered eligible for a CNIB post-secondary scholarship, you must be:

  • Blind, Deafblind, or have low vision (i.e. best corrected visual acuity of 20/70″ and/or you have a visual field of 20 degrees or narrower).
  • Pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate, apprenticeship, continuing education program, or equivalent.
  • A Canadian citizen, or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.
  • Highly motivated, independent and able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement.

Applicants will be asked to complete and submit an application form, along with:

  • Proof of secondary education completion (interim).
  • At least two letters of references (1 academic and 1 community source). All reference letters should be on official letterhead, professional letter format and in an accessible format.
  • Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution, college or university.
  • Transcript (interim).
  • A short essay (two pages max) detailing how a CNIB scholarship will change what it means to be blind for you in your education.
  • List of other sources of funding.

Scholarships are awarded based on a wide range of factors, including financial need, location, community involvement, demonstrated resilience to overcoming barriers, leadership skills, ambitions, achievements, and goals.

For more information about CNIB’s scholarship program, please email